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If all the ice on Earth melts, we know that average sea level will rise about 250 feet; it has happened before in Earth’s history. But how much sea level rise (SLR) might occur by 2050, or by 2100? That’s a tricky question to answer. As geologist Richard Alley notes:

“We just don’t know what the upper boundary is for how fast this can happen. We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed before. We have no analogue for this.”

How is this uncertainty being factored into our decision-making? As recently as 2012 John Englander in his book, High Tide on Main Street noted:

“Currently there is still no sign that anyone in Florida is discounting the price of coastal real estate based on the slowly growing awareness that the shoreline will move significantly inland. At least for now, coastal property values continue to move with the larger real estate market.”

Trillions of dollars are at stake when it comes to anticipating the impacts of potential sea level rise on coastal real estate, port facilities, and other coastal assets. But there are big questions when it comes to assessing and responding to the risks of sea level rise:

  • How will localized sea level rise differ from “global” sea level rise?
  • What are the key uncertainties surrounding sea level rise?
  • How rapidly have global seas risen during Earth’s history?
  • Can we bound potential sea level rise by 2050 and 2100?
  • Can we realistically assign probabilities to different sea level rise outcomes?
  • How will sea level rise interact with precipitation and storm sturges under climate change?
  • How fast will climate gentrification occur in response to sea level rise?
  • Could sea level rise translate into a systemic climate risk?
  • Could more accurate flood insurance premiums decimate local real estate values?

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  • Local vs. global sea level rise
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  • Key sea level rise uncertainties
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  • Climate gentrification as a response to sea level rise
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